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Hacking and Air Rights Answered

Wondering how wifi data, hacking and air rights work in terms of law and wireless security. If data packets are entering my "air space" why are or aren't I allowed to do with them as I want? So long as packets aren't injected or intended to alter private APs, I assume my air rights on my property trump other laws. I'm proposing no laws are broken; using legal, open software and or writing your own code. I honestly don't care one way or the other, I'm just curious as to what others know, or their opinions on the matter.

A Google search with hacking, air, rights, etc..... turns up more than what I care to sort through.

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Kiteman

5 years ago

If somebody's wifi is not password-protected, then any access to it is legal. If the wifi is password-protected, then any hacked access to it is at very best an invasion of privacy, and worst it could be considered theft, since the owner of the wifi router pays for its operation.

"Air rights" are, at best, a vague concept (look up - did you give permission for that aircraft to fly over? Or that satellite?), but have never applied to broadcast data anyway. TV signals have entered "your" space for decades, but can only be legally viewed with a suitably licenced receiver or decoder. You have no right to that data purely on the grounds that it passed through a space you occupy.

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SovereigntyKiteman

Reply 5 years ago

I'm curious about ANY data in my immediate property. I'm not referring to access of another's AP; simply data which enters my "air space" or "property". If it's text or encrypted, once I've obtained it via hardware located on my property, have I complete rights to it, and or any form of manipulation? Maybe I'm using Air Rights inappropriately; in which case, under what type laws would I need to research to obtain information regarding the "trespassing" of data on my private property? I'm pretty certain there's no licensing involved in my neighbors Google search, but lawyers are a slick lot.

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KitemanSovereignty

Reply 5 years ago

You have no rights at all to any data beaming through your air-space, unless you are doing the beaming, or it is beamed with the intention of reaching you.

If encrypted data passes through your property, and you de-encrypt it, by any means, without permission, you have broken the law.

Consider: if you have a password-protected WiFi router, does your neighbour have the right to hack the password and use your bandwidth? You are having a private conversation on your mobile phone, does everybody living within the range of the various broadcast masts involved have the right to listen in to your call?

If you believe that you have the right to data beaming over your property, then you must also accept that the above cases, and many similar, are also entirely acceptable.

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Sovereignty

5 years ago

...I very much appreciate the replys Kiteman, mpilchfamily.

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mpilchfamily

5 years ago

Air rights pertain to solid objects such as planes, power cables and what not. But air rights vary across the globe. Some places there are no rights. If the city wants to come in and build a bypass over your house there isn't much you can do about it. But it generally ends a few feet above your house.

No where does the law apply to electronic signals. The whole point of the law is to protect you from the government building something over your property or preventing your neighbor from erecting something that would intrude over your property. Unfortunately the laws are outdated and have not caught up with technology. But don't expect any laws to come about that give you the right to any transmission in your area.